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CRA Sets Wild Roots

March 14, 2019
CRA is excited to kick-off a large-scale reforestation initiative this April, Wild Roots. The program will complement our flagship stream restoration and habitat protection work through planting over 10,000 native trees and shrubs in recently restored riparian areas.

Native plants not only display Michigan’s spectacular natural beauty, but they are important components of healthy wildlife habitats. They survive our harsh winters, thrive in northern hardwood forests, and encourage biodiversity by providing food, shelter and breeding grounds for animals. They are also easy to grow and maintain, and provide future native seed stocks that combat the impacts of invasive species like the Emerald Ash Borer.

And by targeting plantings in recently restored road/stream crossing and riparian sites - CRA can maximize their ecological impact. These critically sensitive restoration sites represent the most vulnerable contact points between the land and water, and have the greatest likelihood to affect water quality and aquatic habitat. Native trees and shrubs stabilize streambanks, and help to reduce flooding in these areas while capturing runoff and filtering sediments, nutrients, pathogens and pollutants.

In addition, healthy forested riparian corridors enhance our region's climate resiliency. As climate changes and storms occur more frequently, an increased amount of stormwater runoff threatens to pollute northern Michigan's coldwater streams and ultimately - the Great Lakes. Trees create important buffer zones that reduce the amount of runoff that enters rivers directly, while sequestering carbon through their extensive root systems and returning carbon to the soil.

In its first season, CRA is implementing Wild Roots in the Pere Marquette and Big Sable watersheds, as well as the restoration site of the former Lake Kathleen Dam on the Maple River. Funding for the first two years of the program is provided by the USDA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Huron-Manistee National Forest, however we intend to continue Wild Roots for years to come! If you are interested in supporting this program or would like to learn more, please contact Paul Kogelschatz at paul@rivercare.org.

For more information on specific native species:

Red Osier Dogwood Cornus stolonifera
White Spruce Picea glauca
Northern White Cedar Thuja occidentalis
Red Pine Pinus resinosa
White Pine Pinus stobus
River Birch Betula nigra
Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
Eastern Sand Cherry Prunus pumila
Red Oak Quercus rubra
Balsam Fir Abies balsamea
Black Elderberry Sambucus nigra
Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa
Nine Bark Physocarpus opulifolius
Service Berry Amelanchier laevis
American Hazlenut Corylus americana
Spicebush Lindera benzoin
Fragrant Sumac Rhus aromatica


 

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